Barker cabinet box concerns
I was hoping to place my order for Barker cabinets today. Now I'm not sure. I don't know if I have unrealistic expectations or not. Perhaps I should preface this post with this statement. Hello, my name is Julia and I have been obsessively planning and researching every last detail of this kitchen remodel for close to two years. I have interviewed no less than a dozen contractors and been in contact with almost as many KD's. My KD doesn't get me but has happily helped put on paper and plan out all my ideas for the kitchen. I am very happy with my contractor as he seems almost as picky about the details as I am.
I settled on Barker for the cabinets since I was blown away with the quality of the doors. The materials they use are top of the line and what I wanted anyhow. I almost didn't choose them due to the fact that the whitest white they offer isn't white enough for me. I wanted the factory finish they offer since I'm in CA and have spoken to several folks who have has issues with paint we can get here not holding up. So painting locally is not really a viable choice for me. The price point also enabled me to be able to budget in the high end appliances I wanted.
I ordered a sample cabinet and my contractor put it together over the weekend. He felt that it was not easy to get things to line up and that he would need extensive clamping to get things tight and even then there were some other issues. I also realize that he put these together without looking at their website, but he has assembled (Chinese) cabinets before so assembly is not a foreign concept to him.
I have emailed Barker about all this and another main area of concern is the edgebanding. It is not painted, but rather PVC edgebanding. I was totally under the impression that it would be painted wood veneer since there is no mention of PVC anywhere. When I saw it I immediately thought it was melamine. Barker says it is color matched, but to my eye it is noticeably lighter. When I asked about it, he said it was a durability issue, which I do get.
Aside from the difference in material from the door, there is a small lip where the panels to not fit perfectly flush to each other. I am worried about it catching dirt and chipping. Because its not flush, there is a shadow line that makes it appear even darker and therefore drawing my attention even more. This is apparently within the normal tolerances of 1/32".
Basically, the feedback I got from Barker has been very helpful all along and it seems like the issue is partly with my contractors overzealous tightening and partly with my noticing the tiny details that everyone else happily accepts as normal. If I've simply gone stark raving mad it won't surprise me, and I won't fault you for saying so. If I have a valid concern, please let me know as well as if you have any tips for me.
Does anyone have close up pics of the corners where the panels meet so I can see what everyone else is dealing with? Here are my corners.